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Cambodian elite accused of illegal logging

Cambodia’s forests are being stripped bare by a small group of politicians and businessmen working with the army, a UK-based environment group and former forestry watchdog said on Thursday.
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Global Witness, which monitored Cambodia’s forests for its government until it was thrown out of the country in 2006, said logging is in the hands of a "small kleptocratic mafia".

In a report they accuse officials and senators of misappropriating public assets, extortion, tax avoidance, looting the forests and managing an extensive illicit economy.